Last night, 102.7 KIIS FM held an event called the “Wango Tango” at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Several stars from Dancing With The Stars made a showing. Pictured below in all of their fun selves are Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough and Season 14 partner Maria Menounos, Chelsie Hightower and her Season 14 partner Roshon Fegan. Mark Ballas tweeted that he attended the event as well. According to the Daily Mail, they were treated to performances by Nicki Minaj, The Wanted, Pitbull, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, and Carly Rae Jepsen to name a few. You can see more pictures and coverage of them at this event at Zimbio Pictures and Pure Derek Hough. Note too how Maria is sporting some really nasty bruises.
The Dancing With The Stars Make-up Team at Facebook has released loads of new photos from behind the scenes of week 8. Below are just a few. I’m always reminded of how much work goes into this show besides just dancing and how many people are involved. Be sure to see the link to see the full album. If you’d like to see the full size of the pictures below, click them. Stunning!
Would you like to see Roshon and Chelsie dance again? If so, the two did so on LIVE! With Kelly today. He’s dashing as ever again! Fun interview too!!
Stuart Brazell And Elena Grinenko of Dance Junkies TV talk of the importance of technique and if the judges Know what they are talking about. If you missed Part 1 of this series, be sure to see it here. Elena gets as frustrated as we do sometimes when the judges “pick” at the couples.
Since Week 8 is a double elimination week, I felt that it would probably benefit everyone if I went ahead and did a scorecard for this week and probably will continue to do so for the last two weeks of the season thereafter.
So to start, let’s look at how the actual scores on the show compared with those that were predicted:
Before we start, the very last column is just the summation of the differences between the two dances that each couple has to dance.
So, what will you remember the most about Melissa Gilbert and Roshon Fegan and their time on Dancing With The Stars?
What I’m going to remember the most about Melissa Gilbert is her fight and compassion for life and how she brought those two traits to the dance floor. Despite any and all physical challenges and criticisms from the judges (and even Maks in rehearsals), she tuned it (and them) out and never stopped “believing”….much like her character on “Little House On The Prairie” (which she, I admit, rekindled my love for). What’s more, I will never forget her last dance with Val and Maks which she can bank on as being one of the most memorable on Dancing With The Stars (in my opinion). This vision will forever remain in my head when I look back at this season and think of her.
As for Roshon, I will remember him for his young, refreshing, spirit, and zest for life. Same with his positivity. Despite being unfairly critiqued at times and being in the Dance Duel twice, he smiled through it all. He brought a “Michael Jackson” revamped edginess to the dance floor too which I will cherish!! I hope this isn’t the last time we see of this bright shining star who turned into a man before our very eyes…and a dashing one at that in his bow ties.
So, enough from me. Let’s see what both couples had to say to On The Red Carpet, Afterbuzz TV, Access Hollywood, ET, and Good Morning America after being eliminated and their time on the show.
Another week, another set of weirdness. Dance Center and Chris Brown….sorta funny and sorta singing. Who got eliminated??
Sixth Place: Roshon and Chelsie
Fifth Place: Melissa and Maks
Actually quite bummed that Melissa is gone, particularly after that cigarette comment in the confessional. Also have a new found appreciation for Val after his cussing after hearing Len’s score for Bollywood. I’m pretty easy.
How did we do??
Heidi: I said that it would be Roshon and Katherine. My second choice was Roshon and Melissa and my third choice was Melissa and Maria.
Courtney: Court said Roshon was leaving for sure with either Melissa or Maria as the other person; Katherine was a long shot.
Vogue: Said Melissa and Roshon rather unequivocally
And the winner is: Vogue, for not waffling one bit. Courtney and I can’t say the same. Although, there are no real winners here.
Always fun and entertaining…and touching especially this week!!
Tony Dovolani went backstage to get the couples reactions on their dances last night after Dancing With The Stars for Extra. This is cute, but, Tony’s suit has to go. LOL!
Also, don’t miss seeing the After Buzz TV interviews. Donald and Peta tease about something, but, wont tell what it is (Encore, maybe?)? Maria and Derek tell of how their Waltz came together. Maks and Melissa enjoyed the three way. Lots more below. Afterbuzz TV may post more interviews, so keep checking back at the link.
Pardon me while I rant for a while. I wrote this first section right after the show and to say I was pissed of might be an understatement.
Gee, I would really love that I so completely NAILED what the judges were going to do last night, if it didn’t suck so terribly BAD. Seriously, Maria gets hosed by Len (twice), Roshon has a comeback arc, Wee Willy gets high scores of the night…the only thing I missed on was Katherine. I cry foul. I hate being right. Only other thing I was wrong about was that it seemed it wasn’t a group effort but that Len was the designated ass last night.
In no universe was Willy’s first dance that much better than Maria’s – Len smokes crack. Then the second dance? Sure, Derek took a risk but I thought that dance was so cute and so creative…but I would understand an 8 from Len (since he lacks vision), but a 7?? Get real. Me thinks Maria was getting the votes last week and Willy wasn’t. Derek knows what he’s doing….he’s done it before. But a 7 and an 8?? You know what else? I wouldn’t even have minded the 7…if they had scored Willy realistically and that 8 for Maria’s V. Waltz had been a 9 like it should have been. That 30 for William was out of the park ridiculous.
And a word to those of you who claim that Len judges Derek’s choreo and it’s not fair – well, what did he do last night, eh?? Any hypocrites willing to go on record?? Just one of many things that annoy me. I personally think that the choreo is part of the package and that it goes to showcasing the celeb – but I see this complaint far too many times from people who won’t say a word about last night when Len made it EXTREMELY clear that he was judging the choreo – that’s all he talked about. It does work both ways – if you hate judging on the choreo, you kinda have to hate it when it goes against Derek as well as when it works for him. Otherwise…
Then again, Cheryl clearly isn’t being judged on her choreo…at all.
Now let’s discuss Donald, shall we?? I dare you to play his two dances at the same time as William’s and tell me that William was the more deserving dancer. In what Universe?? Not only is Donald more enjoyable, but he’s actually the better mover!! Especially look at William’s trio dance – look at his pancake hands and how he has a tendency to stick his ass out. Then compare their showmanship – Donald wins hands down. Someone explain to me how Donald comes out two points behind in this deal?? He’s a far more exciting dancer and shouldn’t that be part of the deal?? Donald should have had the perfect score last night.
Really, Katherine is sweet but pretty boring when it comes to dancing…but she’s also ten times the dancer William is – please remove your genitalia from the scoring criteria. Thanks. If Katherine goes home tomorrow so that William can stay in order to build your Spanish viewers in preparation of the Univision deal, it’s on your heads.
Attention judges and TPTBWTHUCA – when *I* want to turn the channel and start praying for Derek to not come back to your show?? YOU got problems. You’re really putting me off this show, and I would consider myself die hard (Derek or no Derek), considering how much time I spend on this damn blog.
Okay, now that that’s off my chest…
The Judges Scores and Percentages